FAIR LAWN, NJ - Three parents active in Fair Lawn schools are seeking election to the Board of Education in 2019. David Tratner, Neha Baxi and Lisa MacClements are running to win three-year terms (2020-2022). The vote will take place on November 5.
Tratner served on the Board of Education in 2014 and has been regularly attending Board meetings and events for six years. His commitment and experiences as an advocate, a school parent and a marketing/public relations professional will increase his effectiveness as a Board Trustee.
He brings a broader level of engagement and oversight on school district matters, which will lead to more informed Board discussions and decisions on budgetary and educational matters. He sees safety, education, and taxes as the three most important issues challenging the next Board of Education in 2020 and beyond.
Tratner has lived in Fair Lawn since 2008. He is active in Fair Lawn All Sports, coaching soccer, basketball and baseball and has been appointed by the Borough Council to the Fair Lawn Recreation Fields Committee, dedicated to improving the playing fields in Fair Lawn for all residents. In January, he was nominated by the Borough Council to serve on the Board of Trustees at the Maurice M. Pine Public Library in Fair Lawn. His wife Jessica has been an educator for over 20 years. Their daughter, Brooke, starts FLHS in the fall and son, Mark, attends Lyncrest School.
Baxi recently moved to Fair Lawn from the west coast and lives in Crossings at Radburn with her husband and two young children. Baxi was born in New Delhi, India and grew up in Ringwood, NJ. Her daughter attends Lyncrest School. Baxi is looking to bring a fresh, diverse perspective to the Board. She feels the key concerns today are the district’s growing pains caused by increased enrollment, including student placement, health and safety. Baxi would also like to help the district find ways to save money while upholding the high-quality education Fair Lawn already provides.
Baxi is an active Lyncrest PTO member and was appointed VP, Fundraising on the PTA of her daughter’s prior school in California. Baxi serves as National Co-Chair to the Women’s Innovation Network (WIN), an employee resource group that aims to attract and empower female talent in the workforce and to guide all employees to achieve balance in their work and personal lives.
Baxi is a Rutgers graduate with a degree in Political Science and has over 15 years experience managing human resources compliance programs for technology, finance and academic organizations. Well-versed in policy creation and conflict management, Baxi offers a unique leadership skill set to our district.
MacClements is a graduate of Fair Lawn High School, William Paterson, and most recently, the Bergen LEADS program. She and her husband, Scott, have two children who will be attending Memorial Middle School in the fall. MacClements believes that solid communication is key to sound fiscal decision making, that school safety measures are paramount and that continuing to build upon our technology initiative will afford our students increased learning opportunities.
She served four years as president of the John A. Forrest School PTA, with her focus on bringing educational enhancement programs to students in addition to raising funds by creating stable revenue streams to cover the cost of field trips and social programs. MacClements enjoyed five years coaching recreation and travel girls softball with Fair Lawn All Sports. She co-founded an FLHS alumni group, that in three years, raised over $25,000 to support the Fair Lawn Opportunity Center, the Fair Lawn Office of Veterans Affairs and the Fair Lawn Community Center. In September, she begins serving as Vice President on the Fair Lawn PTA Council executive board.
As the business manager of Meals on Wheels North Jersey, MacClements advocates for senior citizens, raising awareness in local communities about senior hunger, isolation and food insecurity. Her experience in volunteering and in working with non-profits is vast, allowing her to bring a well-rounded perspective to the Board as our district’s educational needs continue to change.